Thursday, April 27, 2000

Tristate digest

Ratings praise hospital cardiac care

        An online health care rating service that ranked cardiac services at Tristate hospitals gave its top honors to St. Elizabeth Medical Center, Christ, Good Samaritan, Jewish and Deaconess hospitals. provides report cards on more than 5,000 hospitals nationwide, based on severity-adjusted mortality rates for several types of medical procedures. The figures use Medicare data from 1996 through 1998.

        The agency gives five stars to hospitals scoring among the top 10 percent of hospitals performing a particular procedure. Among the results, based on lowest mortality rates six months after treatment:

        „St. Elizabeth Medical Center in Covington and Edgewood got five stars for heart attack care, coronary bypass surgery and valve replacement surgery.

        „Deaconess Hospital in University Heights got five stars for coronary bypass surgery.

        „Jewish Hospital in Kenwood got five stars for heart attack care.

        „Good Samaritan Hospital in University Heights got five stars for valve replacement surgery.

        „Christ Hospital in Mount Auburn got five stars for heart attack care.

Pedophile convicted of sex with boy, 14
        LEBANON — Christopher C. Weisenberger, a convicted pedophile from South Lebanon, pleaded guilty Wednesday to three counts of corruption of a minor for having sex with a 14-year-old boy in 1997.

        Mr. Weisenberger, 38, remains jailed until sentencing next month.

        He was ready to be released from a halfway house this year after serving time in prison on another sex charge involving a minor, when the victim in the latest case reported the incidents to police.

        Mr. Weisenberger initially was indicted on five counts of corruption.

Six area nurses cited for excellence
        Six area nurses Wednesday received Florence Nightingale Excellence in Nursing Awards, the highest honor bestowed by the University of Cincinnati College of Nursing.

        Six winning nurses were given $1,000 awards; 10 other finalists were given $200. The top winners were:

        Carolyn Bloomfield, a school nurse at Aiken High School; Marilyn Kaucher, St. Elizabeth Medical Center; Mark Luers, Good Samaritan Hospital; Victoria Busse McKee, Shriners Hospitals for Children Cincinnati Burns Hospital; Michele Rodgers, Children's Hospital Medical Center; and Judith Schofield, Christ Hospital.

Health Foundation awards nine grants
        Five school health programs, two mental health programs and two substance abuse programs will share $590,000 in grants awarded this week by the Health Foundation of Greater Cincinnati.

        The largest grants include:

        „$144,700 to Lighthouse Youth Services for a residential treatment center for troubled teen-age boys.

        „$126,720 to Cancer Family Care to expand a school-based bereavement program.

        „$90,000 to the Mental Health Association of the Cincinnati Area Inc. to start a support group clearinghouse for Hamilton, Clermont and Warren counties.

        The other six grants were:

        „$45,000 to Franciscan Home Development to match a federal grant to support development of housing for homeless disabled people.

        „$44,663 to Babies Milk Fund to study health needs of schools in the West End.

        „$41,635 to IKRON (Integration of Knowledge and Resources for Occupational Needs) to study gaps in vocational evaluation for people with mental and physical disabilities.

        „$33,700 to Northwest school district for a feasibility study to launch six school health centers.

        „$33,000 to Nurses in Advanced Practice for a study of mental and behavioral health needs in the Cincinnati Public Schools.

        „$27,006 to Butler County Educational Service Center to plan a school health center.

Pilot safe after landing in field
        WAYNESVILLE — A 46-year-old College Hill man escaped injury when engine trouble in his single-engine plane forced him to make an emergency landing in a field alongside U.S. 42 near here.

        Jeffrey Aston had just taken off from Waynesville Airport about 8:30 p.m. Tuesday when he experienced engine problems and began to lose altitude, the Ohio State Highway Patrol said.

        The pilot was able to land in open field about 50 feet from the roadway, the highway patrol said. The aircraft landed on it wheels, but flipped on its top when its landing gear collapsed.

        The landing site was about 2 miles south of Waynesville.

Township in market for land for building
        TURTLECREEK TWP. — The township is looking at buying 55 acres off Ohio 123, just northwest of Lebanon, to build a township building, Trustee Dan George says.

        It would replace the building on Ohio 63, which holds the township offices and main firehouse. The township has two other firehouses.

        The township has offered to give part of the land to Lebanon schools, possibly for use for a new school, Mr. George said.

Gang member makes deal for testimony
        DAYTON, Ohio — A member of the Disciple House Gangsters has agreed to testify against other gang members accused of conspiring to kill a member of a rival gang, authorities said.

        The 18-year-old from Dayton was one of six people arrested last month or in early April and charged with delinquency by reason of conspiracy to commit aggravated murder and participating in criminal gang activity.

        He pleaded guilty Tuesday to gang participation, and prosecutors dropped the conspiracy charge.

        The youth, 17 at the time of the offense, will remain in juvenile court under the plea. Montgomery County Prosecutor Mathias H. Heck Jr. has said he will seek to try the others as adults.

        Under the plea agreement, the youth could be held in juvenile detention until he is 21. He would have faced up to 13 years in prison if convicted as an adult on the conspiracy charge.

        Authorities said the six planned to kill a member of a rival gang, but did not identify him.

Ministers to fight multistate lottery
        COLUMBUS — Ministers opposed to state-sponsored gambling promised Wednesday to fight hard against a proposed law that would allow Ohio to join a multistate lottery.

        The Ohio Council of Churches and Ohio representatives of the United Methodist Church also want lawmakers to impose a moratorium on any expansion of the Ohio Lottery and to commission a comprehensive study of gambling's impact on the state.

        Methodist minister John Edgar promised to press lawmakers and legislative candidates in the November election to publicly state their position on a proposal to let Ohio join a game such as Powerball or the Big Game.

        The Rev. Mr. Edgar and other anti-lottery opponents said the lottery — the profits of which fund Ohio schools — already relies too much on sales to the poor and minorities.


Farmers split on tobacco contracts
Women on UC faculty paid less, study says
Some colleges making progress on pay issue
CPS lays off 98 teachers
Local professor aids search for MIAs
Union Twp. looks to lease office space
Strip joint can only be trouble
Risking the human element
Bus to promote light rail plan
Census going door to door
Federal probe of adoptions resumes
NKU raising pay, benefits
Site may be option for buried vets
Airport installs new smoking room
Bells will be ringing in Blue Ash
City must wait for tornado sirens
Designs for Hamilton bridge seen
5 dogs reported with signs of abuse
More still needed
Physics test a beast, but that's the beauty
School officials: Teacher mishandled activity funds
Union city plan said workable
Clearcreek zoning ordeal ended
Council votes against more street cops
Former player sues Bengals
Gunshot killed unidentified man
Landmark quietly coming back
Norwegian cellist dresses as if he's had successes
Owner of house scoffs at Lebanon offer
Patton: Foundation is example for schools
Political ads can ride bus
Regionalism expert speaks here
Search narrows for man missing from Ky. hotel
Sedamsville center aided
Veterinary worker accused of stealing
Queen City's moments to shine reflected in book
- Tristate digest